As a result of an internal investigation into the incident that took place on the Melbourne Rebels team bus in Durban on Saturday, Rebels players Kurtley Beale and Cooper Vuna have been stood down from the South African tour and will return to Australia immediately.
This disciplinary decision has been taken following an internal investigation conducted on Sunday.
Vuna and Beale are believed to have come to blows in the wake of the crushing 64-7 loss to the Sharks on their first game in South Africa.
Head Coach Damien Hill said both Beale and Vuna had broken team protocols and as a result cannot be part of the team until the disciplinary process is complete.
“The club will not tolerate this type of behaviour and I am embarrassed for everyone associated with building this club,” said Hill.
CEO, Steven Boland, said both Beale and Vuna are contracted Wallabies and as a consequence the Rebels have been liaising this afternoon with the ARU and will continue to do so in the best interests of the Rebels and Australian Rugby.
“There can be no excuses for the disrespect shown to the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Club by these players.
“The expectation of the Club and our supporters is that the management and players in South Africa focus immediately on their task of making amends for the poor on field performance in Durban on Saturday by making us all proud in Bloemfontein next weekend,” Boland said.